Congressmember Says Closed Bridge is a Roadblock to Local Economic Stability & Growth
Congressmember Brian Higgins (NY-27) welcomed the news that the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) will fast-track work at the Springville bridge.
The DOT closed the former 219 (South Cascade-Miller Road) Bridge over Cattaraugus Creek to all traffic as an emergency procedure on January 5, 2012. Congressman Higgins’ staff met with DOT staff yesterday and Higgins had plans to attend Saturday’s community rally.
“The bridge was closed without warning -- devastating local businesses during what is typically their most profitable time of year,” said Higgins. “For the last month the community was left wondering the fate of the route. Today the Department of Transportation reported to us the review is complete and they are bringing in their emergency contractors to make the necessary repairs.”
The bridge connects Erie County, represented by Congressman Higgins, and Cattaraugus County. Congressman Higgins’ office has been in regular communication with Springville leaders as well as several of the businesses impacted who each report they have lost thousands of dollars due to the forced detour of vehicles away from the primary business district.
Higgins credited the community for raising public awareness about the issue, “The residents and businesses of Springville stood up for themselves and made this happen.”
According to a report by Transportation for America, the bridge in Springville is among 69,223 bridges in the U.S. and 99 in Western New York classified as "structurally deficient."